Sabine Musil-Buehler, the owner of Haley’s Motel on Florida’s Anna Maria Island, disappeared on November 4, 2008. Her estranged husband Tom reported her missing. As part of a plea agreement, Sabine’s boyfriend, William Cumber, confessed to choking Sabine to death and showed police where he had buried her body. Cumber was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Cumber told police that on November 4, 2008, at the apartment he and Sabine shared, they got into an argument about his cigarette smoking. When she asked if he’d been drinking he said yes but not much– six or eight beers. When the argument escalated and Sabine said there was too much stress in their relationship, Cumber said he hit her in the head twice before choking her. “I’m really not a violent person when I’m drunk, I’m kind of smooth and relaxed and everything, but there was a lot of stress going on in our relationship,” Cumber said. He mentioned “the controlling issues that Tom was having on us…I wasn’t digging that.” Dateline NBC will air its investigative report on February 19 at 10pm.